Can Guinea fowl get Mereks ?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by stormylady, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I was planning on ordering some Guineas and was wondering if I should have them vacinated for it? Thanks for the input in advance.[​IMG]
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:I'm not sure? If a hatchery is offering you the vaccine for them then I would say yes. I don't own guineas so I'm not going to be much help-have you researched it?
     
  3. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:I dont think so but here is the thing about Mereks.

    I looked it up in preparation for buying chickens before I jumped all four feet into the guinea world.... LOL. Mereks vaccination only keeps the chickens from getting the symptoms of Mereks. It does not protect them from getting the disease or passing it on. If your birds are going to be in a closed personal flock and not part of a big operation I believe the recommendation is to NOT get Mereks vaccination.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marek's_disease

    but I am just in research mode so I would hope someone with real experience will post to this and fill us in.
     
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I have what I would consider a large flock of personal chickies, about 50 of them and had all my chickens vacinated for it. Wel the ones that came from the hatcheries, but wasn't sure of weather or not it would be a good idea to have the keets vacinated too, and though they say that the hatchery (ideal) does not recomend it for chicks or other fowl for a small backyard flocks it does give the option for the mereks shot. I will do some more investigating on the subject also, but really thinking I might go ahead and get it just to be on the safe side and protect everybody.?? Just wasn't sure if they could get it or if they could be carriers, I don't want to take any chances with my girls. Thankyou for the responses.
     

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